Ashton bowls over tipping comp
GYMPIE cricketer Troy Ashton’s skills are not just limited to the cricket pitch, after taking out The Gympie Times 2010 Footy Tipping Competition.
Ashton won by the barest of margins with a score of 244 – two points ahead of second-placed Peter Brennan. In third, with a score of 240, was Kirsty Bermingham.
Working hard on a building site yesterday, braving the heat, Ashton was thrilled with his win and learning he had a $700 cheque headed his way in the mail.
“Can’t complain about that!” he said.
“It was really close in the end but I had a few good weeks before the end that helped me across the line.”
Ashton said he didn’t have any real secret to his tipping success.
“I went mostly on gut instinct and it worked really well.”
“I didn’t really follow what each was up to, but I knew from the news which key players were out injured, so that helped.”
This year’s footy tipping competition has been hotly contested with the leader board changing constantly throughout the season.
Unpredictable results left tipsters scrambling to make up their mind each week and left a few red-faced as major upsets made the process even less certain.
Ashton wasn’t decided yesterday on how he would spend his winnings, but knocking down a few beers with his mates was high on the list of possibilities.
With NRL footy finals in full swing, Ashton said he was disappointed the Broncos were not part of the equation.
“I’m a massive Broncos supporter but with them out of the running, I would like to see Canberra win,” he said.
“It’s been a really interesting season this year because not one team has been a clear favourite.
“A few months ago the Roosters looked as though they were going to win the competition but they have had a few bad weeks only to return to form again, so it’s really open.”
Ashton now hopes his good luck continues into the cricket season.